Supporters of Donald Trump outside the US Capitol during the attack on the building, January 6, 2021 (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
UPDATE, JUNE 14:
I spoke with China Radio International on Tuesday, evaluating the second day of the House hearings on the Capitol Attack and Donald Trump’s attempted coup.
I analyze the testimony of senior staff — “Team Normal” — who were sidelined as Trump and an inner circle pursued lies and conspiracy theories to overturn the November 2020 election.
I push back against those headlining Trump’s diversionary rhetoric, or posing a false balance between the reality of the evidence and the fantasies of his claims.
And I explain whether the hearings may be linked to an eventual criminal prosecution of Trump.
This is not an issue of whether you are for Trump or against Trump. It’s a question of 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, will this American democracy be able to stop the next person who tries to seize power unconstitutionally?
ORIGINAL ENTRY, JUNE 10: I joined Monocle 24’s Georgina Godwin on Friday to analyze the opening day of public hearings of the House select committee on the Capitol Attack of January 6, 2021.
In a 10-minute discussion, I review the compelling video, the witness testimony, and the evidence setting out Donald Trump’s encouragement of an attack in the hope that he could cling to power.
But that documentation of “Trump’s attempted coup” faces the challenge: how many Americans still care about the greatest threat to US democracy since the American Civil War?
Listen from 2:04:
We had gotten to the point where a President, probably believing his lies that the election had been stolen from him, was willing for his loyal Vice President and others to be killed if that would somehow keep him in office.
And on the significance:
There’s no way out of the facts for Trump and his inner circle.
But conclusive doesn’t means this makes a difference.
Will Trump and his allies be able to discredit the hearings? And, secondly, will enough Americans care?